While Queen Elizabeth has left Buckingham Palace, her home of nearly 70 years, for good, Prince William and Kate Middleton are also saying goodbye to their longtime home.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are moving from Kensington Palace in London to take up residence at Adelaide Cottage, a property in the Windsor Home Park estate in the Royal City of Windsor, just 10 minutes’ walk from the new permanent home of the queen.
The Queen has since made her weekend retreat at Windsor Castle her main address as Buckingham Palace undergoes a long-term refurbishment.
Adelaide Cottage was the couple’s first choice when looking for a permanent home to settle down with their three young children – George, 8, Charlotte, 7 and Louis, 4.
There was Frogmore House to consider, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle lived for a short time, but the couple thought the renovations would cost too much to make it a family residence, according to The Sun.
“Finding a way to make Adelaide Cottage work seems like the best and only option,” a source told the publication. “There are issues with all the other houses, so Adelaide will be the favourite.”
The property is made up of both Adelaide Cottage and Adelaide Lodge, and is probably the most aesthetically pleasing residence on the royal estate.
The four-bedroom residence is a ‘grace and favor’ property, meaning the Queen is free to bestow it on whomever she chooses.
A notable former resident included King George VI’s squire, Peter Townsend, whose unhappy relationship with Princess Margaret in the 1940s and 50s caused waves in the country at the time.
Built in 1831 for King William IV’s wife, Queen Adelaide, the property is nestled in the heart of the Crown Estate’s 655-acre private royal parkland and includes the Pavilion – a double-fronted red-brick construction with towering chimneys and a second sloping one-storey dormer window and the original chalet construction – and a stucco-fronted chalet.
The original porch still stands today, along with its surrounding manicured gardens, which have remained nearly untouched for almost 200 years.
Today, other features added to the property include a gravelled driveway, a red brick outbuilding and a gatehouse for a small security detail.
“Dad and I walked through Home Park to tea at Adelaide Cottage, which the [the Queen Mother] lent Jackie and Joan Philipps for the duration of the war,” recalled Alathea Fitzalan Howard, a close friend of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen) and Margaret when they were girls. “I was charmed by it. It typically represents that idea of a small world within a world apart, which is so characteristic of Windsor Castle and its surroundings.
Built by architect Jeffry Wyatville, the house was described as “chastely elegant”, according to a Mirror article from the 1800s. Features include two cabins, in addition to a retreat room for the queen, as well as a room for the servants, as well as furniture from the former royal pavilion.
As well as their residence at Kensington Palace, Prince William and Kate have also lived at Anmer Hall at Sandringham in Norfolk.